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David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Well he has been hanging out with Mark Wahlberg a lot, as he’s grown accustomed to throwing his weight around in Chicago.

Has Jimmy Butler going overboard with all the machismo that comes along with signing a max deal in the NBA? According to Zach Lowe of ESPN.com, a few Bulls teammates believe Butler has allowed his rags to riches saga completely go to his head.

But his rise has engendered some minor hard feelings within the team. There is a sense that Butler relishes the trappings of stardom a bit too much, and that he doesn’t do enough to support his teammates — as a playmaker or a cheerleader. The Bulls have been unusually vulnerable to infighting when things go bad during a game. They are not a team that socializes together off the floor.

“We just get so frustrated,” Noah says. “It has been the weakness of our team so far. There has to be more camaraderie. More of a sacrifice for each other.”

Hoiberg sees it, too. “It’s human nature,” he tells ESPN.com. “We talk about it. I think we’ve gotten better at it. You have to play through adversity.”

You have to remember that Butler didn’t gain success on the AAU circuit like many, if not most of his teammates.

Jimmy Butler went from junior college, to a late first-round pick, to a solid lock down defender who won the Most Improved Player award, to finally a dude with a max deal and an All-Star.

It’s not hard to do the math. I mean, this is a guy who just ripped his coach for not being hard enough on the Bulls as a unit. Butler has ascended to being the team's best player, so he doesn’t care whose feelings he’s hurting now.

That contract is guaranteed, too. 

-- Glenn Erby

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